Like most BMWs, the X5 offers a long list of standard features and equipment, and an even longer list of available upgrades and customizations. Beware when piling on the extras, however, as the price tag can inflate quickly. Once lambasted for its complexity and difficulty of use, the iDrive system is now as refined and straightforward as any fully-featured high-tech infotainment system. That's not to say it's simple, but it's no longer needlessly complex.
The iDrive controller gives access to navigation (on equipped models), smartphone-linked apps, the HD Radio-capable audio system, and much more.
Standard features on the X5 include a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory; reconfigurable/folding seats for cargo and passenger arrangements; dynamic cruise control; and speed-sensitive power steering.
Some of the optional upgrades available with the 2012 X5 include nappa leather; several choices of wood and metal trim; a wide range of upholstery colors; and high-tech add-ons like heads-up display, active steering, and more.
For rear-seat passengers, the optional six-disc CD changer, rear-seat entertainment system with eight-inch screens, heated rear seats, and panoramic moonroof will add to the experience.